for tomorrow



“Black poverty and the search for a human face: The Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis” is the title of the 5th Annual Steve Biko Memorial lecture taking place today (10 September) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Campus Auditorium.

Former presidential legal advisor Advocate Mojanku Gumbi will deliver the keynote address.

Advocate Gumbi is one of Africa’s foremost political strategists and public policy practitioners. She was a Special Advisor to South African President Thabo Mbeki from 1999 to 2008. From 1994 to 1999 she was an advisor to then Deputy President Mbeki in the Mandela administration. During this time, she spearheaded South Africa’s economic diplomacy, ensuring a global presence for South African companies, as well as peace-making initiatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, Lesotho, Somalia, the Balkans and the Middle East.

Also during the administration, Advocate Gumbi advised on domestic policy issues including the reform of the local healthcare industry, the expansion of South African telecoms operators to the rest of Africa and the world, banking and mining sector reforms.

She was one of South Africa’s principal negotiators at the Seattle and Doha rounds of the World Trade Organisation, and served as President Mbeki’s personal representative to the G8, where she played a leading role in the establishment of the G5 Group (Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa).

She serves and has served on the boards of many companies, trusts, and philanthropic associations including the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Open Society Foundation, the Southern African Political and Economic Trust, the Black Lawyers Association and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.


The lecture starts at 6pm. Enquiries are available at 041-5044390 or

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Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057